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Dozens of deaths of Blood Tribe members linked to drug overdoses, officials say

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STANDOFF, AB – Concerns on the Blood Reserve following a number of deaths over the past year that officials say are linked to drugs.

Between April 2020 and March 31st of this year, the Kainai Wellness Centre reported 91 deaths linked drug overdoses.

In a release, the Blood Tribe says in response to this “alarming number”, a core group of administrators is doing what it can to identify necessary efforts to stop illicit drug activity and save lives.

An Opioid Task Force has been put together that will concentrate on immediate concerns around drug trafficking, recovery supports, ad help for families.

Blood Tribe Chief and Council say it shares deep concerns for the loss of lives and “knows the urgency to eliminate access to these harmful drugs.”

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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